I had hoped this drink would be pink as a tribute to Valentine’s Day. In all fairness, the cocktail mix was red. But, then I added some sparkling wine to it, and my perfect V-day coloring flew out the window (with bearable temperatures, might I add…it’s freezing here – and before you Midwesterners start scoffing…it snowed here this morning and we don’t have heat in our kitchen or living room!). Even if its poignant peach pigment was still very appealing.
Blood oranges are a sugary super tart (the Spice Girl that should have been :p ). Vodka kicks things up a notch, and elderberry syrup and pear bubbly make this cocktail end on a floral note that seems like a perfect fit for a season of ‘I love yous” written in in rose petals.
Pear bubbly aside (which I got at Ikea), you could use a French mousseux, or the Italian prosecco, or even a cheap bottle of champagne (although, I’d recommend a nice mousseux at that point). Pear is optional, albeit nice. I could totally make this in large quantities at brunch with a combination like this.
And even though, its red color was lost on us, it would go quite nicely along a pink and red themed meal. Also, I keep dreaming of the appetizers I would have paired it with in France: a little smoked salmon and crème fraiche on toast or baked goat cheese and honey on toast. Stuffed dates wrapped in bacon? Will you be my valentine? Dreamy sigh.
Speaking of valentines I’d like to raise a photographed glass of this stuff to my own.
I was just reading an article over at Pinch of Yum on blogging as a couple. I mentioned it in the comments, but I thought I’d take a moment to mention it here, too. There are a few blogs out there where both couples are actively involved in the different aspects of blogging. It was nice to read an article about what that’s been like for Lindsay and Bjork and they highlighted a few couple blogs out there.
But it made me think of all of the unsung partnerships that are out there.
I am in charge of my blog. I do the writing, the editing, the photography (and the editing), the recipe tweaking, the maintenance, the promotion, and now even learning some basic HTML in the hopes of becoming more independent with the design aspects of my blog. That’s a lot of work. Way more than some of those words might bring to mind at first glance.
But I couldn’t do most of it without the love and support of my husband. He motivates me to be more independent (sometimes by refusing to helpJ), he faithfully tests everything that comes out of my kitchen, for better or for worse, and he provides me with honest feedback on everything from the culinary creations to the food styling and writing. He also provides laughs and giggles to my son when I’m busy blogging away.
I started out thinking about comparing the idea of ‘actively’ blogging and ‘passively’ blogging, but in the end, I think if you share your work space with someone, they are probably more of an active contributor to your blog than they get credit for!
So, thank you mi media naranja (Spanish for ‘other half’). Public declaration of love coming at you (avert all eyes!). Te amo.
And if you made it past my oogly eyes and sappy love notes, how does your living partner (husband, wife, gf, bf, bff, brother, sister, or roomie) contribute to your blog?
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces elderberry syrup
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 4 ounces blood orange juice
- 1 bottle mousseux, Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine
- To make the mixer, blend everything bud the sparkling wine. Take two champagne glasses and fill them half full. Open the sparkling wine and fill the other half of the glass.
- Serve immediately.